Dorothy J. Dot Croft

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Dorothy J. "Dot" Croft

July 02, 1941 - October 27, 2018

Dorothy J. Dot Croft Gloucester - Mrs. Dorothy J. (Merchant) “Dot” Croft, 77, of Gloucester, passed away on Saturday evening in the Addison Gilbert Hospital after a lengthy illness. She is the wife of William L. Croft with whom she has shared 31 years of marriage.
Dot was born July 2, 1941, in Gloucester, daughter of the late Sumner Merchant and Jeanette (Plunkett) Young. She was a lifelong resident of Gloucester.
Dot worked for Railroad Variety for many years having to retire due to her ill health. She previously worked at General Electric Company, Gortons, and Rual.
Dot enjoyed more than anything spending time with her children and her 14 grandchildren. She was the glue that held her family together, and never failed to send birthday cards with loving notes attached. She loved animals especially her dogs, cats, and parakeets. Dot also enjoyed traveling with her husband Bill, as well as spending time boating and being at the beach, lakes and mountains
In addition to her loving husband Bill, Dot is survived by her children Mark Pratt and his wife Angela of Missouri, Michael Pratt of Boston and Dawn Reed of Spencer; her 13 grandchildren, Cristy Lee Grace, Robert Arsenault Jr., Kerry Arsenault, Sonny Arsenault, Nicole Toro, Benjamin Pearce, Jason Pratt, Julia Pratt, Daniel Pratt, Lisa Pratt, Louie Pederson, Billy Reed, and Johnny Pederson; and her 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Bill’s children, Rosalyn LaCivita of N.C., and Renee Finley of S.C.; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Dot was predeceased by her three daughters, Linda Grace, Terry Reed, and Debra Pratt; her grandson, Zachary Middleton; as well as Bill’s son William Croft Jr.

Dot’s graveside service will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Essex Ave., West Gloucester, on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In honoring with Dot’s wishes there will be no visiting hours. For online condolences and register book please visit
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on October 30, 2018
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